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Thursday, February 20, 2014

In 2014, Obama looks to divide and conquer again -- By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times


President Obama, fresh off a three-day weekend of golf and "climate change" scare-mongering in California, has once again turned his attention to the issue Americans care most about: Raising the minimum wage to $10.10.

Just kidding. Actually, Gallup did a poll just last week on what Americans feel is the country's biggest problem. The Top 10 list went like this:

• Unemployment and jobs
• The economy
• Dissatisfaction with government
• High cost of health care
• Federal debt
• Illegal aliens
• Family decline
• Poor education
• Lack of money
• Poverty

Shockingly, raising the minimum wage for the lowest-level jobs didn't make the Top 10. One reason, perhaps: You have to have a job before you start worrying about what you're getting paid.

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The president and congressional Democrats are once again looking for a wedge issue to divide and conquer during the 2014 midterm elections. In 2008, it was "The 1 Percent"; in 2014, it'll be the 2.2 percent of Americans who earn the minimum wage. "We've got to build an economy that works for everybody, not just a fortunate few," the president said last week.

But they ignore the real problem: Lack of upward mobility. A functioning economy needs a steady flow of increasingly experienced workers. Sure, right out of college, young people can get stuck with an entry-level, minimum wage job.  But within a few years, they have moved up the ladder, opening slots for more entry-level workers.

Now, however, millions of young people — college graduates, many in their mid-20s — are struggling to find that first job. While they should be moving into Job 2 or 3, with the pay raises that come with promotions, they're not even working. Millions have been forced to move back in with their parents.

Mr. Obama says Congress could raise the minimum wage "without requiring a single dollar in new taxes or spending. It will give more businesses more customers with more money to spend — and that means growing the economy for everyone."

The non-partisan CBO says not so. But the president doesn't really care, he just needs an issue. Americans, though, know the real issue — jobs. Without a job, the minimum wage doesn't matter one bit.

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